Tough day for Forbes in twin towns veterans golf

Ray Taylor keeps a watchful eye on Peter Barnes' tee shot.
Ray Taylor keeps a watchful eye on Peter Barnes' tee shot.

Forbes golfers are being spoilt at present when it comes to playing greens and surrounds equal to any in the state at present and this may have been one reason why Forbes veteran golfers last Thursday found renovated greens in Parkes against their liking.

Parkes players flogged their 'twin towns' partners shown by results in the shield point-score with the host club, courtesy their best six individual scores from 23 representatives, posting 238 points to Forbes' 206 out of their best from 19 members.

Naturally best individual score came from a Parkes member with Gordon Pritchard having organisers looking at the record books to see if any other score bettered his 47 points.

Equally impressive but a 'mile behind' for runner-up was fellow member Ian Phipps with 39 points. Forbes did secure one of the 'major' trophies with Alex McKinnon far from his usual best collecting the encouragement award.

Nearest the pins, 4th Kim Herbert (F), 11th Ian Phipps (P).

Ball sweep to 35 points. 39 Garry Phipps (P), 38 Tom Delminico (P), Mick Bond (P), 37 Garry Pymont (F), 36 Kim Herbert (F), Gordon Christie (P), 35 Alf Davies, (F), Steve Edwards (F), Wayne Parker (P), Csaba Belley (P).

Eighteen hole events appear to have created a huge response with 42 playing last Thursday. Organisers are hoping for similar interest today (Thursday) with Forbes playing host where rumour has it FGA president Ted Morgan, suffering a shoulder injury after a fall from his push bike and now unable to swing a club, will be in charge of catering the sausage 'sanger'. Anyone interest in playing had better move quickly with tee off from 9.30am onwards.

The near perfect outdoor weather is also encouraging more to play the Tuesday social 12 hole competition with 20 taking to the tee last week.

Two 'lefties' took the honours with Barry Parker best with 29 points from Barry Shine on 27 points.

Everyone is invited to play any Tuesday with a good indication to this last week where Reggie Murray shared the group of Bob Grant and Peter Scholfield who welcome the junior talent. Tee off time for Tuesday is from 9am with organiser Geoff Drane making all welcome.

All players, social and competition are reminded to abide by all COVID restrictions on and off the course. Also, to make an effort in repairing divots and pitch marks as the club is about to host a series of major events.